On October 11, 2013, Storyteller Children’s Center held its 25th anniversary gala at Bacara Resort & Spa. Since its establishment as a half-day preschool program in 1988, the organization has worked to provide tuition-free education and comprehensive support to children who are homeless or in need throughout Santa Barbara County, California. The event provided an opportunity for Storyteller to not only celebrate 25 years of successful community support and early childhood education, but also honor one of its most dedicated and generous benefactors.
At the sold-out gala, Storyteller Children’s Center honored Kenny Slaught, a real estate investor and the organization’s longest-serving board member. Mr. Slaught has played an integral role in the organization’s development since its inception, supporting its growth from a temporary childcare program to an enriching preschool and supportive family resource for more than 100 families each year. Lauding Mr. Slaught’s extensive contributions over the organization’s lifetime, executive director Terri Allison commended him for support that has included moving furniture, personally hosting fundraising events, and playing Santa at Storyteller’s yearly holiday party. Additionally, he served as the organization’s treasurer for more than 20 years, facilitated negotiations to secure a larger preschool venue, and provided bookkeeping services through his firm, Investec Real Estate Companies.
Mr. Slaught joined the organization during its first year of operation after noticing a small newspaper ad in which Storyteller requested assistance moving children’s toys and supplies out of a parking lot. At the time, the organization simply offered temporary childcare services for homeless parents as they searched for work. With the support of loyal volunteers and community leaders such as Kenny Slaught, it grew to achieve nonprofit status and preschool accreditation in 1991 and continues to serve as a valuable community resource.